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Emergency Department with the Shortest Wait Time

January, February and March mark the peak of respiratory and flu season. As a result, physician offices, emergency departments and hospitals are busier than other times of the year.  Unfortunately, this also means that it can be very difficult to get an appointment with your physician and can result in extended emergency department wait times. 

As of last week with the opening of Brier Creek Healthplex, WakeMed now has six emergency departments in Wake County – making it more possible than ever to find an emergency department with reasonable wait times.  

For your convenience, we provide up-to-date emergency department wait times on both and on our Smartphone App for both iPhones and Droids.  For less-urgent medical needs WakeMed also has two urgent care locations, but of course, if you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency and need immediate assistance, please dial 9-1-1.

Average Door to Doc Time* (Jan. 9 through Jan. 15)
Emergency Department Average Time to See a Doctor
Raleigh Adult Emergency Department 1:43
Raleigh Children’s Emergency Department 0:53
Cary Hospital Emergency Department 0:59
North Healthplex Emergency Department 0:58
Apex Healthplex Emergency Department 0:32
Brier Creek Healthplex Emergency Department 0:16

*Average time it took for a patient to enter the emergency department door and be seen by a physician in each of WakeMed’s six emergency departments over the past week (Jan. 9 through Jan. 15)